Tale of two cities: ‘Sensational’ for Bayern fans, sadness and tear gas in Paris

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Fans of Bayern Munich celebrate in Marseille, France, on Aug. 23, 2020 after the team's Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
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Fans of the losing Paris St. Germain team react to tear gas fired by riot police during violent celebrations in Marseille, southern France after Bayern Munich's victory on Aug. 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
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Bayern fans celebrate in Munich, Germany on Aug. 23, 2020 after Bayern won the Champions League final soccer match with Paris Saint-Germain at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. (Felix H'rhager/DPA via AP)
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Updated 24 August 2020

Tale of two cities: ‘Sensational’ for Bayern fans, sadness and tear gas in Paris

MUNICH,Germany: Fans celebrated Bayern Munich’s Champions League final win in a socially-distanced open-air cinema in the Bavarian city on Sunday.
Almost 700 kilometers away in Paris, health protocols went out of the window as 5,000 fans gathered at the Parc des Princes to see their team lose the final in Lisbon 1-0.
In Munich, a large police presence was deployed to enforce, as much as possible, the restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, with fines for offenders during the match.
Screenings of the game in fan zones were prohibited.
So many fans fell back on the cafes of the city center or at an open-air cinema near the former Olympic stadium in Munich, where Bayern played for several decades, before taking up residence at the Allianz Arena.
This site can normally accommodate up to 2,000 spectators for screenings.
Due to the coronavirus, however, there were only around 500 watching the game on Sunday.
’Champions! Champions!” chanted fans after the club’s sixth triumph in Europe’s biggest tournament.
On the final whistle, the main Leopoldstrasse avenue was filled with cars in the colors of the city club, while supporters waved Bayern flags.
“Really great for the city of Munich, it’s sensational,” said Tobias Rau, 27.
“It’s a performance that we have the right to celebrate despite the coronavirus and the fact that we have to respect the rules,” he added.




Bayern fans celebrate in Munich, Germany on Aug. 23, 2020 after Bayern won the Champions League final soccer match with Paris Saint-Germain at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. (Felix H'rhager/DPA via AP)

“It’s more than deserved, it was really tight, but the Bayern players have really had an incredible season,” said Lukas, 31.
At the Parc des Princes, supporters lit flares and belted out their favorite chants.
Unlike Munich, social distancing inside and outside the ground was forgotten as fans who hoped to celebrate their team’s first ever Champions League triumph were left without a party to go to.
“We are disappointed but we weren’t dreadful,” PSG fan Anne Vaneson told AFP.
“In the first half, we were on a level playing field but we paid for a dip in performance in the first 20 minutes of the second half.”
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said that she hoped for “mature celebrations” should PSG triumph over Bayern, after supporters clashed with police following their 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the semifinals.
However there were scuffles between fans and police outside the ground throughout the game, with youngsters armed with fireworks targeted with tear gas by police.
Dustbins and in one case a vehicle were set on fire by youths angered by their team’s defeat, while police vans were pelted with bottles.
Police said that they had to clear away 100 people who had gathered at the Porte de Saint-Cloud area of the French capital near the Parc des Princes.


Hazard stunner gives revived Real Madrid win over Huesca

Updated 01 November 2020

Hazard stunner gives revived Real Madrid win over Huesca

  • Belgian forward ends goal drought as he thrills fans with brilliant first-half strike

MADRID: Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid in over a year and his team appeared to turn a corner as they beat newly promoted Huesca 4-1 in La Liga on Saturday.
Hazard has had a terrible time with injuries since joining Madrid for €100 million ($113 million) from Chelsea in 2019 but the Belgian will hope his stunning strike from distance at the Alfredo di Stefano can kick-start his career in Spain.

Karim Benzema and Fede Valverde made the win secure before Huesca scored through David Ferreiro, only for Benzema to add his second and Madrid’s fourth in injury-time.

Zinedine Zidane’s side jump above Real Sociedad to the top of the table to cap an encouraging week, which began with a Clasico win over Barcelona at Camp Nou and finishes with them moving nine points clear of the Catalans, who were playing away at Alaves on Saturday.

In between, Madrid came too close for comfort to another damaging defeat in the Champions League but two late goals salvaged a draw at Borussia Monchengladbach that in the end felt like a win.

Huesca, who are yet to win this season, might feel the scoreline was harsh after they squandered early chances.

Madrid will hope the dip that put Zidane under pressure earlier this month is over.

Zidane will have been particularly delighted with Hazard, whose goal was his first for Madrid since he scored against Granada in October last year, and his second overall in La Liga.

Ankle surgery kept Hazard out for the majority of last season and he was not fit for the start of this one, with Madrid only describing his latest setback as a “muscle injury.”

But he made his first appearance off the bench in the Champions League in midweek and against Huesca marked his first start with a brilliant goal in the first half.

Until then, Huesca had been the better team but Hazard’s strike turned the contest in the 40th minute, when he received the ball on the half-turn and swerved a superb shot into the corner from 30 yards out.

Benzema made it two, chesting down Lucas Vazquez’s cross at the back post and driving in, before Valverde struck a sweet half-volley into the corner.

Ferreiro gave Huesca brief hope with 16 minutes left but Madrid were never overly troubled and Benzema rounded off the win in injury-time, converting a smart header back from Rodrygo.